The Jewel of Seven Stars
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recording of The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker. Read by Roger Melin.
The Jewel of Seven Stars (also published under the name: The Jewel of the Seven Stars) is a horror novel by Bram Stoker first published in 1903. The story is about an archaeologist's plot to revive Queen Tera, an ancient Egyptian mummy. (Summary by Wikipedia)
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September 18, 2011
Well read, but I prefer the other edition quite markedly
This is the 1912 edition of the book, which removes the horror ending and reworks it, so that its a sort of slightly sappy romance. Imagine if we got to the end of Sracula, but it was too horrible to make Stoker cash on reprints, so he rewrote it. Imagine in the new version Dracula committed suicide and everyone went home for cake.
Seriously, it's a great read, but its a book that's been sabotaged by its author for commercial reasons.
I'd really love it if the original reader would read the last chapter of the 1903 edition for a variant ending.
February 3, 2011
Mr Stoker's tale "The Jewel of the Seven Stars", is one of the best tales I've ever heard on an audio book. Very finely crafted and fast paced. It is a who-dun-it, with the supernatural woven in for good measure. Undeniably of the same caliber of as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, or any of his other contemporaries. (Actually BETTER IMHO)
Any fans of Egyptology and mystery will especially enjoy this. Those who aren't, will learn a bit on the subject. As with any good fiction story, real events and facts are used, to give credence to the story.
As a side note, this story sadly displays the sheer arrogance of western civilization's assumed superiority, in the looting of the heritage and treasures from other cultures.
I highly recommend Bram Stoker's "The Jewel of the Seven Stars". Few, if any, will be disappointed! If anyone was curious about the name Bram, as was I, it is short for Abraham!
The reader, Mr Melin, is topnotch, and always gives a performance that enhances the overall experience!